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New IoH law makes 20 changes
When Act 377 - Wisconsin's original Implements of Husbandry law - was signed it was considered to be a compromise between local officials who wanted to protect local roads and infrastructure, and agricultural interests who wanted to assure that farmers could get their equipment to their fields and do their work.
May 5, 2015 – Wisconsin State Farmer

McConnell: 'We clearly have to do an extension on highways'
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) included passing an extension of federal transportation funding that is scheduled to expire this month on a list of "must-do items before Memorial Day" on Tuesday.
May 5, 2015 – The Hill

TPA a key tool for trade negotiations
In 1953, Power Curbers Inc. was founded in Salisbury by two businessmen with a design for the world's first automatic curb machine, and has grown into one of the leading manufacturers of concrete paving machinery.
May 5, 2015 – Salisbury Post

TCC Fly-In: No Voice Too Small in Political Process
So many of us, including myself, see a limited view of the issues from behind our desks.
May 4, 2015 – AEM

Hawaii Considers Changing Gas Tax as Highway Funds Decline
Hawaii lawmakers are pushing a plan that could increase the fuel taxes that drivers pay at the pump.
May 2, 2015 – Construction Equipment Guide

McCarthy to House GOP: 'We will need to act' on road funding
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told members of the chamber's Republican caucus that they will "need to act" to extend federal transportation funding this month.
May 1, 2015 – The Hill

Texas tentatively approves $3 billion for roads and bridges work
The Texas State House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to non-toll roads.
May 1, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Senators Call For Repeal Of Waters Of The U.S. Proposed Regulations
Yesterday, Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) announced they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal EPA's "Waters of the United States" proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across the country.
May 1, 2015 – AgriMarketing

Foxx willing to accept 'purposeful' highway funding extension
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he can accept a temporary infrastructure funding extension, but only if lawmakers use the extra time to come up with a long-term solution later this summer.
April 29, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Most Americans Feel Transportation Infrastructure Investment Will Improve U.S. Economy
In less than five weeks, just 33 days from now, the federal Highway Trust Fund will expire and approach default without action from Congress that includes additional funding.
April 28, 2015 –

House panel releases $55B transit, housing bill
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released a $55.3 billion bill funding the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development departments, as well as related agencies, for fiscal 2016.
April 28, 2015 – The Hill

Minnesota House approves $7 billion plan to pay for roads
The Minnesota House has endorsed a plan to spend nearly $7 billion during the next decade for transportation work without raising taxes. The plan differs from a Senate effort to raise $6 billion via new taxes.
April 27, 2015 – Land Line

Budget cuts in Illinois likely to affect Joliet transportation center plans
Despite the proliferation of federal-level support for public transit system Amtrak, one state looks to pull back on its investment.
April 23, 2015 – Roads & Bridges

Transportation chief visits Pittsburgh to view new research, technology
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx visited Pittsburgh on Wednesday to view cutting-edge technology at one of the world's epicenters of it, Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville. But to get here, Mr. Foxx had to travel on potholed and cracked roads that snap a driver's mind from dreams of the future to the horse-and-buggy era.
April 23, 2015 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Trump says US roads are 'falling apart'
Donald Trump on Wednesday expressed outrage over the state of America's transportation networks.
April 22, 2015 – The Hill

Bill would hike gas tax to pay for roads
A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill.
April 16, 2015 – The Hill

Paul offers highway-funding fix with Boxer
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), a Republican presidential candidate, is teaming up with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.) on legislation to tax up to $2 trillion in corporate revenue currently stored in foreign banks to pay for domestic infrastructure projects.
April 16, 2015 – The Hill

Washington state considering gas tax hike
Washington state is considering increasing the amount of money drivers in their state will have to pay at the pump to help pay for transportation projects, The Spokane Spokesman-Review newspaper reports.
April 14, 2015 – The Hill

Illinois considering gas tax hike
Illinois is considering increasing the amount of money drivers in their state will have to pay at the pump to help pay for transportation projects, Illinois television station WGEM reports.
April 13, 2015 – The Hill

Hensarling sets Ex-Im Bank hearing
House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) will hold a hearing on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank on Wednesday.
April 10, 2015 – The Hill

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